The 1917 Standing Liberty quarters are rare and valuable, especially in uncirculated condition. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1917 Quarter

Specifications

Type: Standing Liberty Quarter
Year: 1917
Face Value: $0.25
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .18084 oz.
Total Weight: 6.25 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $3.05

This was a special year for the Standing Liberty quarter because two types were minted: type 1 and type 2. The coin's designer made a few changes in 1917 to create the type 2 design. These changes were minor and both versions look about the same. But the main way to tell the difference is to look at the reverse side of the coin where the type 2 quarter has three stars below the flying eagle.

Each type has different mint varieties which included coins with no mint mark, and also the 'D' and 'S' varieties. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the front side of the coin on the botton left side. Type 1 quarters are more rare and more valuable, although it depends on the mink mark. See the table below for mintage details.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1917 Type 1 Philadelphia 8,792,000
1917 D Type 1 Denver 1,509,200
1917 S Type 1 San Francisco 1,952,000
1917 Type 2 Philadelphia 13,880,000
1917 D Type 2 Denver 6,224,400
1917 S Type 2 San Francisco 5,522,000

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth a lot more than its weight in silver. But just for reference, the silver melt value for this coin is $3.05 as of November 14, 2019. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $16.85 per ounce.

The 1917 type 1 quarter with no mint mark is worth around $18 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $70. In extremely fine condition the value is around $90. In uncirculated condition the price is around $225 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $325.

The 1917 D type 1 quarter is worth around $25 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $125 and in extremely fine condition the value is around $175. In uncirculated condition the price is around $300 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $375.

The 1917 S type 1 quarter is worth around $30 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $150 and in extremely fine condition the value is around $200. In uncirculated condition the price is around $350 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $425.

The 1917 type 2 quarter with no mint mark is worth around $20 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $55 and in extremely fine condition the value is around $75. In uncirculated condition the price is around $150 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $275.

The 1917 D type 2 quarter is worth around $30 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $90 and in extremely fine condition the value is around $110. In uncirculated condition the price is around $225 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $300.

Lastly the 1917 S type 2 quarter is worth around $35 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $105 and in extremely fine condition the value is around $125. In uncirculated condition the price is around $235 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $325.

Grading System

Good- The date and the letters are readable. The top of the date is worn. Liberty's toes and right leg are completely worn. There is a lot of wear on Liberty's left leg and the drapery lines.

Very fine- The garmet line across liberty's leg looks worn, but it's visible at the sides.

Extremely fine- Only the high spots are flattened. Liberty's toes look sharp. The drapery lines across Liberty's right leg are clearly visible.

MS 60 uncirculated- There are no signs of wear. The coin has luster, but there may be a few stains, abrasions, or surface marks.

MS 63 choice uncirculated- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1918 Quarter
1916 Standing Liberty Quarter